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Hayat tells us how close you are to landing a dream opportunity
Hayat won the 2016 Civil Service Leader of the Year Award 2016. Here's what she has to say about the process... Application process:
I saw an email about the Awards and was particularly
attracted by the opportunity to win a place on the Summer Diversity Internship Programme. I really didn't have the confidence to go for the application but my
mum told me I had nothing to lose and to just apply! This was definitely the
best decision I made as becoming a finalist and then winning the award really
increased my confidence in my own abilities.
I completed some online tests (after practicing for a good
couple of days as I had never done them before) I was told I could progress to
the next stage. Answering the employer questions was the most enjoyable part as
I was able to convey my passion for diversity and inclusivity in the work place
and particularly in the Civil Service! I then progressed onto a telephone
interview which was warm and relaxed so I was able to confidently express my
interests and my previous experiences in different roles. The whole process was
not as daunting as I imagined and I would definitely encourage anyone to go for
it as it is worth the effort!
Once the main application process was over and I was told I
was shortlisted in the final 10, it was a huge relief! To get this far was an
achievement in itself! The awards ceremony in Canary Wharf was amazing. The
venue was unlike any I had been to before and the array of eager and equally
excited students in attendance was welcoming. It was lovely to interact with
students and professionals from different fields and also to meet and speak
with civil servants from the Fast Stream.
My advice to any undergraduate would be to just go for it,
never to doubt yourself and to fulfil your potential!